Midwest Caries I.D.TM/DIAGNOdentTM
The Midwest Caries I.D.™/DIAGNOdent™ detection handpiece is an aid in identifying the presence of surface and between the teeth cavities in molars and pre-molars. Cavities are traditionally detected by clinical and radiological exams, a technique which is not very sensitive for incipient or hidden surface cavities. Decay between teeth is sometimes difficult to detect using bitewing x-rays, especially when dental crowding exists. The Midwest Caries I.D.™/DIAGNOdent™ detection handpiece provides information to supplement the clinician’s visual observations, consideration of patient histories, and information from other diagnostic modalities, resulting in an overall risk assessment and treatment determination. The Midwest Caries I.D.™/DIAGNOdent™ technology emits a soft (LED) light and captures the resulting reflection and refraction of the light in the tooth. A specific optic signature identifies the presence of caries. A healthy dental structure is generally more translucent than a decalcified one; consequently, it has a different optic signature. The light reflected from the decalcification of the enamel is captured by fiber optics and is converted to electrical signals for analysis. These signals are run through a computer-based algorithm to determine if a cavity is present.